China started the first bullet train in Tibet adjacent to the Indian border

China started operating its first electric bullet train in the strategically important Tibetan region of the Himalayas. The train will connect Lhasa, the provincial capital of Tibet, and Nyingchi, a city bordering Arunachal Pradesh.

China started operating its first electric bullet train in the strategically important Himalayan region of Tibet. The train will connect Lhasa, the provincial capital of Tibet, and Nyingchi, a city bordering Arunachal Pradesh.

According to Chinese state media, the 435.5-km Lhasa-Nyingchi section under the Sichuan-Tibet Railway has been inaugurated on July 1, ahead of the centenary year of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

According to the report of the state news agency Xinhua, the first electric train in the Tibet Autonomous Region opened on Friday morning. It is the “Fuxing” bullet train connecting Lhasa with Nyingchi which officially started operation.

The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway in Tibet after Qinghai-Tibet. The train will pass through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which is considered one of the most geologically active regions in the world.

Chinese President Xi Jinping in November last year directed officials to expedite a railway project connecting Sichuan province and Nyingchi in Tibet. Xi Jinping said that this railway line will play an important role in stabilizing security in China’s border area.

The Sichuan-Tibet rail route will start from Sichuan’s capital Chengdu and pass through Yan and enter Tibet. According to the report, this train route will go through Tibet till Chamdo. Due to this, the 48-hour journey from Chengdu to Lhasa can be completed in just 13 hours.

Nyingchi is a city in the Medog province that borders Arunachal Pradesh. China had earlier claimed Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet, which India strongly rejected. The 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) is involved in the India-China border dispute.

This railway section is considered important for China in terms of military transport. Qian Feng, director of the research department at the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times, “If a crisis situation arises on the Sino-India border, this rail line will be of great help to China in the delivery of strategic materials. From this point of view, the challenge to India has increased on the border with Tibetan in Arunachal Pradesh.

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